The AAA team reflects on a year of change, growth, and gratitude


Image: Photograph of installation by artist Chen Shaoping.

Before we usher in a new year, we would like to thank you for your continual support of Asia Art Archive!

This has been a very important year for us. We launched a new website, migrated our collection system, and performed an overall rebrand. The new website reaffirms our commitment to make the collection easily accessible to all while keeping up with changing technologies and allowing us to spotlight our seven content priorities: art writing, complex geographies, exhibition histories, innovation through tradition, pedagogy, performance art, and women in art history.

As part of the website launch, we are excited to present a new online editorial platform, Ideas, where we publish content that makes connections across Asia and the world. Three pieces you can’t miss include Building Asia Art ArchiveBoris Groys in Conversation with Johnson Chang, and Back to the Future: Contemporary Art and the Hong Kong Handover.

On the research front, we continue to engage with projects across the region. In Pakistan, we have been working on the archive of educator Salima Hashmi. In collaboration with NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, we recently completed the first phase of digitising the papers of performance artist Lee Wen. In Hong Kong, we enter our second of three years devoted to the Ha Bik Chuen project at our Fo Tan site. In the coming months, materials from the personal archive of Beijing-based independent critic and curator Li Xianting will be accessible in phases on our website. We have offered a number of research grants this year: SSAF–AAA Research GrantThe Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Research GrantAAA–Inlaks Art Grant, and the London, Asia Research Award.

It has also been a fruitful year engaging with our community through our public programmes. In March, we launched Under the Influence, a travelling library featuring one hundred books that inspire artists, at Art Basel in Hong Kong. The library is now touring around secondary schools until May 2018. We worked with immersive journalist Nonny de la Peña to recreate artist Lin Yilin’s iconic 1995 performance, Safely Manoeuvring Across Lin He Road, on a virtual reality platform. The project debuted at Art Basel in Hong Kong and is now showing at Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa, India, along with the exhibition The Ground Beneath My Feet, a collaboration between AAA in India, Serendipity Arts Trust, and HH Art Spaces. Artist Ho Tzu Nyen’s The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia, Vol. 1: G for Ghost(writers), developed during his residency at AAA, comprises an interactive Internet platform and “infinite film.” The multimedia project debuted at AAA in March and was featured as part of a workshop series presented by Lingnan University’s Department of Cultural Studies and AAA. 

We are delighted to start 2018 with the symposium It Begins with a Story: Artists, Writers, and Periodicals in Asia, in collaboration with The University of Hong Kong. It Begins with a Story explores how periodicals have fostered conversations around art and emergent forms of visuality in twentieth-century Asia.

As 2017 draws to a close, we are full of gratitude. Our many efforts this year were only conceivable with your generous support. We are delighted to report that our Annual Fundraiser was a success—a huge thank you to all the artists, galleries, and supporters who made this possible. 

We wish you a joyful holiday season and an inspiring new year ahead. See you in 2018!


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Mon, 25 Dec 2017
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